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on why an air asia plane crashed at sea killing everyone on board. why both the pilot and the plane are at fault. plus, new video into our newsroom overnight after an early morning fire forces a family out of their montgomery county home. but first, chuck bell has what you need to know on this weather alert day. >> thank you, guys. here it comes. moderate rain in central virginia, moving its way towards the washington metro area now. here is the heaviest, still down to our south and west, only an hour or two away. we'll time out the rain drops, that heavy band of rain likely to be moving into fredericksburg before 7:00 a.m. this morning. into the wood bridge area before 8:00. and into downtown washington right around 8 oom:30 this morn. that will follow the huge push of commuters up i-95 over the next little bit. heaviest rain coming between now and 10:00 in the morning. temperatures in the 30s and 40s now. once the rain eases up a bit this afternoon, temperatures recover up to the low 50s.
coming up in ten minutes, we'll let you know how this will impact the roads. melissa says it will not be good. >> won't be good. we have a brand-new problem here in gaithersburg. look at this one, west deer park at muddy branch. brand-new crash here, montgomery county, just spoke with them there, this is a crash with entrapment, could be there for a while as crews are out there on the scene. 270 south at buckeystown pike, left lane blocked. slowdown, looks like it is getting a tad better there this morning. red line, single-tracking between farragut north. outer loop at colesville, that problem off to the right side of the roadway and 95 south at russell, crash on the right shoulder. 6:01 now. new information just in after a fire early this morning on settlers landing way in potomac, maryland. montgomery county firefighters say an electrical problem started that fire in the basement. the family was home at the time, firefighters say working smoke alarms alerted them. one man is being treated for smoke inhalation and possible
burns. there is significant damage to that home. it could be another long day of jury selection in baltimore. officer william porter is on trial. he's the first of six baltimore police officers to be tried in the death of freddie gray. in court yesterday, judge barry williams asked potential jurors if anyone had not heard about the case. he dismissed some of them. 75 new potential jurors will be in court this morning. in the day ahead, a prince george's county police officer will go on trial for putting his gun to a citizen's head. santiago faces a list of charges from that may 2014 incident. police say he approached two men in a car in bowie parked outside a home. when the homeowner got out of the car and started to walk toward the house, officer santiago blocked him. the incident ended with the citizen's wife coming outside and confirming it was his house. 6:03. health clinics across our area are offering free hiv testing today in honor of world aids
day. muriel bowser will sign a declaration committing greater leadership and innovation in ending hiv. fund-raising events will be across the district including live music, film screenings and candlelight vigil. full list of events on our nbc washington app. governor larry hogan created a task force about ten months ago. today it will put out a final recommendation about treating people with the heroin addiction and preventing more cases in the future. the d.c. council is taking action on new synthetic drug law s today, both going to council committees. one law would give police and other agencies the ability to find and close down businesses that are caught selling synthetic drugs. a second bill would make it easier for law enforcement agencies to test for synthetic drugs when suspects are arrested. president obama has a lot to do before the global conference climate wraps up. 150 world leaders trying to turn talk into action. there are briefings this morning
on coal, china, india and research in antarctica. they plan to announce more companies promising to go green. a global climate change deal has yet to be announced, though. you may want to give yourself a little extra time if you use rockville pike in bethesda, especially today with all the rain. starting today, southbound lane closures between the ramp to 495 and the cedar lane intersection. road work starts in the area today. it is expected to take about a week to finish. today, news 4 transportation reporter adam tuss sits down with metro's new general manager for his first tv interview . on his first day on the job yesterday, paul wiedefeld got sobering news about how riders feel about the system. a new customer satisfaction survey shows 67% of riders are satisfied with the service. that's down from as high as 84% two years ago. today we expect an update on how you can save on energy costs this winter. pepco is having the winter weather conference this morning
and will learn its plans for preparing for storms and responding to outages after them. we'll learn about the concentration programs designed to help keep your bills low. it is decision day for students in prince william county. current sophomores had to decide whether to stay at their school or go to the new kogen high school opening next year. brentsville, forest park and hilton and osborne park high are impacked here. others are decided by enrollment boundaries. people in the midwest are dealing with a dose of winter weather. look at that. the conditions we're seeing there, this morning, and how much more more snow they will get in the hours ahead. and now we have eyes on the crash here in gaithersburg, another one i'm hearing about in bethesda. details on both coming up. tackling crime in their neighborhood, how people in one d.c. area are using baked goods to get answers. the centers for medicare and medicaid
welcome back. 6:09. developing this morning, brand-new information about a plane crash that killed 162 people. the ntsb said today the pilots were at fault for the air asia flight that crashed into the java sea last year. according to investigators, the flight deck computer had a cracked joint that caused it to stop working. the way the pilots responded to the problem then sent the plane out of control. air asia put out a statement this morning saying, quote, there are many lessons to be learned for the entire aviation industry. and that the airline is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in the industry. today marks 60 years since rosa parks led the montgomery city bus boycott. today, a kansas bus company is offering free rides all day to remember the civil rights activist. topeka metro designed this city bus in the same colors as the 1950s bus. on this day in 1955, parks refuse ed to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. she was arrested and her actions
sparked the start of the civil rights movement in the u.s. a lot of different commemorations going on today in honor of rosa parks and we can go on the app to find out more about what is going on in our area too. ten minutes after the hour right now, live look outside for you this morning, wet roads all night, all day today. tomorrow. >> doesn't the picture say it all. live look. dreary and fuzzy, headlights. what's going on? >> not a pretty way to get the day started. not raining at your house now, don't worry, it is about to be raining there shortly after light to eventually moderate rain continues to lift in our direction. you will absolutely positively need your umbrella, the raincoat, the rain boots, anything to stay warm and dry. the roads will take it on the chin this morning. our weather alert for the morning commute because of all of the impact the rain will have by midday rain easing off and the commute home should be a little less impactful. expect rain, fog and road spray.
temperatures low 40s. cloudy and wet later on this afternoon. temperatures eventually getting up to the low 50s. we'll talk about the weekend and the return of the sunshine, which may come together. brand-new problem northbound fairfax county, just after 50, crash, traffic getting by only on the left. west deer park at muddy branch, crash, just flipped the camera around on us. we have a pretty big scene to the left side on west deer park at muddy branch. wisconsin avenue, bradley lane, brand-new crash there, montgomery county. right now in maryland, travel times not too bad. 27 ok0 okay. top of the beltway okay. 65 north looking good. listen to wtop when you hop in your car. right now, our storm team is on the roads making sure you know the conditions you'll face on your way to work. tom kierein live in storm team 4 by 4 next.
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after nearly 24 hours of rain, the roads are messy now. tom kierein is on the beltway near i-66. how is it looking out there? >> it is wet. the rain actually coming down a little harder now. live from the storm team 4 by 4, we encountered wet roads all across northern virginia over the last hour. we have been driving all around. i've been posting videos on twitter and on facebook, how it looks out here. and here is a live view looking forward here as we drive new on the inner loop coming close to tysons corner now. traffic is moving at speed. we have the wipers on fast. there is quite a bit of road spray. we're cruising right along doing around 55 miles an hour. and all the traffic is going at speed and really don't have any problems so far. but we are getting reports of other fender benders elsewhere. melissa will keep you posted on that. you can see now, allow yourself extra time, just with wet roads and over the next couple of hours we'll be getting more and
more volume on those roads. that's the way it looks. >> tom, thank you. from rain to snow now, big snowstorm is headed toward the midwest. look at some of the video here. you can see there is already eight inches of snow on the ground in parts of minnesota and south dakota. it is still snowing. and another snowstorm is expected to hit them and several other states today. minnesota and south dakota under snow emergencies that the hour. in kansas, six people died on icy roads this past weekend. a new development today in a fight over megagas stations in part of our area. montgomery county leaders voting today to prevent those stations from being built too close to homes or schools. kristin wright is live to explain. >> this has been a long, long fight in montgomery county going back for years. and today there is an important vote happening that could really change things. a group of kensington heights residents doesn't want the gas station here at the westfield
wheaton mall. they say there are just health hazards. so here is what they say. it shouldn't be near hospitals. not near schools. and not near homes. the proposal is to build the 16 pump costco gas station on the property of the westfield wheaton mall. of course, there is lots of opposition to this. costco said they will, in fact, meet state requirements to make it go forward. now, back in may, the montgomery county board of appeals denied a petition to build the gas station. costco appealed. today, the montgomery county council will vote on zoning amendment that would make it easier for the plan to move forward by expanding the list of places where the megagas stations can be. that meeting is this morning at 11:00 at county council's main hearing room. we'll see what happens. we'll let you know. back to you. >> thank you, kristen. lawmakers back to work and focused on the fight against isis. many congressional hearings this
week will concentrate on the paris terrorist attacks. in a few hours, ash carter and general joseph dunford will testify on the u.s. role in syria and whether the u.s. should provide more military help in that area. a first of its kind study on isis and its recruitment strategies. the report coming from george washington university. it focuses on americans joining isis and the role the internet plays on radicalizing u.s. citizens. former state department officials and counterterrorism police experts are commending the report and plan to be at this morning's presentation. a d.c. woman is fed up with rising crime in the capitol hill area. advisory neighborhood commissioner denise creps serves the hill east area. she wants to know if there is more crime because people who are arrested are being let back on the streets. that information, though, from the department of justice comes at a price. $40 an hour for what could be hundreds of hours of research.
crep and capitol hill residents plan to raise the money through a bake sale at eastern market in the near future. three men are facing charges accused of stealing fro storage units in rockville. rockville police say steven davis, timothy harris and terrence mcclaire broke into south storage plus last week. they stole somewhere between 1 and $10,000 worth of merchandise inside. that's according to police. police also say the men stole a box truck. two of the men were released on bail. the other is still in jail on a $15,000 bond. a plan to add tolls to i-66 inside the beltway is headed for a showdown vote this week. inside nova reporting the transportation commission is expected to vote on thursday. it will decide whether to move forward on a plan that would lay out how money raised from tolls would be spent. this could be the last procedural vote before the commonwealth transportation board has the final say next week. 6:19 now, charter bus company is apologizing after
stranding more than 60 passengers in the cold for seven hours. the megabus blew a tire. another bus came to pick up the passengers, not until 10:00 the next morning. >> very cold. a lot of people with medical conditions. >> one of the women on board is pregnant. megabus released a statement apologizing and says all passengers will receive refunds for their travel. high schoolers in minh behind are considering banning redskins gear from their school. a student advisory team in st. paul is expected to recommend changing their school's dress code to ban gear that can be considered racist. it was put in place after the native american student council said redskins gear offended them. it will start to look like christmas later today at union station. we'll get a sneak peek at the norwegian christmas tree there this morning. it will be completely decorated and shiny cds. that's how the royal norwegian embassy said it wants to bring
attention to popular music in norway. it is a public tree lighting ceremony tonight at 6:00. beautiful wreaths out there on union station. we bet you think of this the next time you pass a salvation army kettle. a couple in minnesota dropped the a check for $500,000 into one of those kettles. a kettle wages $500 a day on a good day. the couple didn't want to be named. they told the salvation army they wanted to honor one of their fathers who fought in world war ii and had been grateful to the salvation army members who brought soldiers food. what a wonderful donation. $500,000. >> great gesture. more and more people doing things just because you should . >> they didn't look for recognition. 6:21. we want to put chuck bell front and center for the awful weather. >> it is on me. good news is your seven-day forecast had sunshine back in it. that's coming up in a few
minutes from now. but right now, it is a weather alert day because rain will make a mess of the morning commute. we'll have some extra postings on our facebook page and also on my twitter feed. we'll have push alerts on our nbc washington app. follow me on twitter. instagram is forecast for you. outside from our tower this morning, socked in, with clouds and fog and the road spray this morning. things are really getting slow. mile and a half visibility in martinsburg, 2 1/2 miles in washington. that may also slow down air travel this morning. call ahead before you head out to the airports. big push of moisture, coming in about 2 or 3 different rounds of rainfall. first round moving in this morning, big bump on the morning commute. heavy rain now moving right on to i-95. heaviest, about an hour to an hour and a half from reachingfr quantity ke area.
this is going to get worse before it gets better over the next couple of hours. here is our high resolution model, by 8:00, the yellow, that's that area of moderate rain. south of fredericksbg. now another push through 10:00 this morning. it will be rainy up through lunch time. after lunch, though, we should get a break in the action between 2:00 and 5:00 this afternoon. the ride home probably won't be as bad as the ride in. seven day forecast, 53 with rain today. 59 with more rain tomorrow. could be another very rainy morning tomorrow. change arrives on thursday. sunshine is back for friday. that will carry us into the weekend. both saturday and sunday are looking simply amazing. that's how the next seven days looks. when i see you next, we'll focus on the next 24 hours which could be troublesome. melissa mollet breaking news. breaking news in fairfax county, fairfax county parkway shut down near 50 here this morning. this is a nasty crash that happened about 20 minutes ago. we had some closures. now shut down here this morning.
66 after prince william parkway, pretty slow headed into town right here, about three mile backup now because of an earlier crash off to the right side of the roadway. west deer park road at muddy branch, that accident there with entrapment involving a couple of vehicles there. wisconsin avenue, bradley lane, accident, big look at the beltway, beltway looks pretty typical and pretty good, actually, now. zooming in for a second, northbound bw parkway, left lane blocked. more on this new crash coming up. it is 6:24. and in news for your health this morning, keeping fit when you are young adults may help you live longer. researchers at johns hopkins say the longer a young adult exercises, the lower the risk of developing heart disease or cancer. about 5,000 young adults were used in the study. even those who were considered obese lowered their chances by upping their exercise. would you like to avoid gaining the holiday pounds this year? couple of tips coming out to help you with that effort. want to eat before you head out
to a party. this will help you avoid filling up on those fat filled foots that may be at the party. use a smaller plate and take small servings of food. avoid eating standing up, apparently. food experts say -- why are you laughing? >> just keep piling on. >> food experts say it is hard to keep track of what you're eating while you're on your feet. >> i'll try those tips this year. in news for your family's health, it turns up screen time may not be so bad for your children. a new study from the medical psychological institute in china did connect higher risk of depression for children who used screens for more than five hours a day. whether they said children who watch screens for about two hours didn't have a higher risk for depression than those who didn't use screens at all. and children who watched something for about an hour were actually less likely to be depressed. always.
moderation thing. from the food and the screen time. >> for everybody. >> right. now that the holidays are in full swing, you know, what do you get for the person on your list who has everything? let me know. >> you skip the stores and the online retailers too and buy them a town. it can be all yours for less than the price of most houses in our area. check this out, the south dakota town of sweat is now up for sale. all of it. it is considered a ghost town. about 100 miles southeast of rapid city. here is what it includes. six acres, three bedroom house, a former tire shop, even its own watering hole. it can be all yours for just $250,000. think of all the possibilities. >> all the upkeep, though. you have to elect a mayor, you have to open a chocolate shop. all of these things you have to do. >> a chocolate shop. right. >> priorities.
a new obstacle for a bill in d.c. that would give workers 16 weeks of paid family leave. the potential holdup and what those who live in d.c. say about the controversial proposal. cracking down on predatory towing in montgomery county. what any tow truck operator must do before they drive off with your car. a soggy morning commute, chuck bell already tracking a wave of heavier rain. it is 6:31.
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we're helping you prepare for this weather alert day. storm team 4 is tracking the morning showers for you here in our weather center and on the roads to prepare you for your commute. >> chuck bell is here now with why you are going to have to wait for this rain to end. it is one of the four things to know in your forecast. >> weather alert for the morning commute, moderate rain is really slowing things down this morning. chance for some even heavier rain tomorrow. but things will start to change as we head towards thursday, friday and the weekend. right now, though, rain and fog has reduced visibility across
the area and slowed traffic considerably. rain already now across much of northern virginia. heavier rain just southwest of the fredericksburg area. the 24 hour focus, umbrella needed every bit for the next 24 hours. rainy start, temperatures about 42 this morning. by 7:00 tonight, still cloudy and wet with the risk of a few showers, temperatures near 50. and rain again for the ride in tomorrow morning. so that is not going to be pretty. when i see you in ten minutes are we'll talk about the school day forecast. here is melissa. >> breaking news in fairfax county, right now, fairfax county parkway is shut down, both directions here near 50 because of a nasty accident. trying to get more information on this one. and pass that along to you. 66, just after prince william parkway, look how slow we are here. that's because of a crash off to the right side of the roadway. still also has this problem in gaithersburg at muddy branch. collision with entrapment. left lane blocked at 202.
up top here, looking good, bw parkway, a tad slow coming southbound near 197. 270, germantown road there, 118, slow southbound, northbound, no problems again, a lot of wet roadways. travel time in ten minutes. 6:32. the family of a special education teacher wants to know why he died in custody. a vigil is being held for alonzo smith. he died last month while in the custody of security guards at marbury plaza apartments in d.c. d.c. police officers found smith handcuffed, unconscious and not breathing. 6:32 now. controversial new d.c. law would create the most generous family leave program in the nation may not make it. the bill would require employers to give workers 16 weeks of paid family leave. the bill was introduced by a majority of d.c. council members nearly assuring it would pass. now it seems the bill is no longer on a fast track for approval.
many businesses and nonprofits say a tax hike needed to support the bill would put a huge strain on small businesses. the d.c. chamber of commerce agrees it says it could hurt d.c. businesses. many of you like the idea of 16 weeks paid leave, but you don't want to pay for it. according to washington post poll, workers say they don't want to pay for the leave themselves. under the proposal, a bill private employers in the city would be required to pay the equivalent of as much as 1% of all employee salary costs to cover the paid leave. the post was conducted in november and 82% support the plan if employers are footing bill. that dropped to 45% when the poll asks if workers should fund the new bill. new video out of atlanta of an officer involved shooting. you can hear the gunshots there.
atlanta police say one person is dead after officers said they tried to pull a car over there. a chase followed and that car crashed. a passenger then fled by foot and got into a gunfight with police and was shot and killed. no officers were hurt. aaron. >> thank you. 6:34 now. we're learning more about a young woman from potomac, maryland, who died in a terrible crash we first told you about at this time yesterday. 24-year-old yesewlek tizale collided with a truck. she and her brother graduated from the university of maryland recently. >> she worked hard to go to college. we just graduated together about six months ago. she was very nice to people. i don't know why this is happening. >> the passenger in the suv and the driver of the mail truck were taken to the hospital.
police are still trying to figure out what caused that crash. 6:35 now. a mother from maryland will not go to jail after admitting she left her baby on the side of the road. instead she must take a parenting class and seek drug and alcohol treatment. in court yesterday, mcclary pled guilty to leaving her 6 week old baby girl in a carrier in pasadena back in july. a judge sentenced her to time served and five years probation. maryland says volkswagen violated state law with its emoti emissions cheating software. the epa says that software allowed diesel cars to cheat tests and give off gases up to 40 times federal standards. a new law is now in effect that may save you from having your car towed. 30,000 cars are towed each year in montgomery county. some companies keep track of specific lots and wait to tow offenders. the practice is called predatory
towing. >> kills a business district in wheaton, silver spring, rockville, bethesda more than someone who thinks they have been unfairly towed. >> the new law prohibits the use of spotters to target cars and requires parking lot owners to authorize each tow in writing and have photo evidence. now to decision 2016, we are two months away from primary elections in iowa. republican front-runner donald trump will be in manassas for a rally tomorrow. he held an impromptu news conference last night after meeting with dozens of black religious leaders in new york. trump claims many leaders endorsed him. new overnight, an early morning fire forces a family out of their montgomery county home. what firefighters say sparked that fire in the home's basement. a closure in fairfax county. we'll talk about it. how many of you took advantage of the cybermonday
. welcome back. cybermonday sales broke records this year. more people did their shopping online than in stores. according to adobe, more than 125 million site visits and $3 billion in sales. but the online trend may have its pitfalls too. security experts say avoiding using wi-fi hot spots when shopping is your personal information may not be safe. they also say use a debit card or prepaid card to make purchases. today is giving tuesday. you're encouraged to make a donation to a local or national charity. giving tuesday started in 2012. if you plan to donate today, do
some research on the charity you want to donate to. find out how much of your donation goes to the charity itself. watch out for fake charities. never give cash, happy giving. we're at the end of the year, if you're looking for some tax write-off opportunities. >> or just to do a nice thing. >> that too. i like to look at it from all perspectives. weather and traffic on the 1s. to chuck. >> thank you very much. outside this morning, looks as gloomy as it could possibly look. fog and rain and mist and drizzle and ugliness out the door early this morning. red lights for the morning commute. it is a slow go. melissa mollet traveled all over the place. by midday, rain easing up. the ride home will be considerably easier. radar still showing heaviest rain just south of fredericksburg along i-95. coming north bound. fredericksburg to quantico, next up on the hit list for the moderate rain showers. rain at the bus stops this morning. outdoor recess gets an f.
teacher september ment me a twed we could have indoor recess today. looking now at our problem, we still have here, it is now northbound fairfax county parkway shut down near 50. southbound lanes under police direction now. 66 at prince william parkway, slow there, looking at travel times, starting to see some slowdowns. 66 fairfax to the beltway, you're okay. 95 quantico to the beltway, ten minutes behind here at 34 minutes. 270 south, germantown to the spur, extra ten minutes now. 95 to 270, top of the beltway, outer loop, twice as long as it should. listen to wtop 103.5 fm when you hop in your car. storm team 4 on the roads making sure you know what you face on your way to work today. the conditions we're finding in storm team 4 by 4 when we take you live to northern virginia. the vote in the day ahead that could keep the megagas stations out of your
on 2015 focus and 2016 fusion and escape. it's the best gift ever. now during the ford holiday sales event get 0% financing for 60 months plus 1,000 dollars holiday bonus cash on select vehicles. see your local ford dealer. right now, we're tracking several stories to get you up to the minute, the minute you're up. a weather alert day, a shower greets you on the road this morning. >> we begin our coverage with storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell with more on the conditions we're seeing outside now. chuck? >> rain is going to be increasing in intensity between
now and about 7:00, 8:00 this morning inside the beltway. that will continue to slow things down. rain chances are near 100% for today and tomorrow. we'll time out the arrival of the heavy rains and talk about your weekend coming up in 10. big backups northbound fairfax county parkway, shut down there, northbound lanes just after 50, so right now it is very slow through that area. headed southbound, you can get through northbound is closed after 50. 6:46 now. it could be another long day of jury selection in baltimore. officer william porter is on trial there. he's the first of six baltimore police officers to be tried in the death of freddie gray. in court yesterday, judge barry williams asked potential jurors if anyone had not heard about the case. he dismissed some of them. 75 new potential jurors will be in court this morning. today this prince george's county police officer will go on trial for putting his gun to a citizen's head. santiago faces a list of charges from that incident back in may
of 2014. police say he threatened a man in bowie after approaching two people in a car parked outside a home. opening statements should begin at 9:00 this morning. right now, global terror is on the agenda as president obama wraps up his trip to paris. we have seen a massive security presence with 150 world leaders all in the same place. kelly o'donnell is following developments live from paris now. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're here in paris where president obama is in the final hours of his trip here with two big agendas on the plate. they brought all the war leaders here to talk about climate change. the president has been very focus ed on what to do about isis, how he can try to broker some additional contributions from other world leaders, and today he was talking with the president of turkey following a meeting he had yesterday with vladimir putin. turkey and russia are in a real tense battle of late.
when it comes to what is being done with isis because turkey downed russian military jet kill a pilot. that tension goes on. both parties are so needed in the u.s. battle against isis, the white house would like to see more action from the united kingdom, france, the host country, is looking for more support, so the president will also answer many of these questions later this morning in a news conference as he wraps up his trip from paris with two big agenda items. how to change the world's position on climate change, can a deal be reached over the next couple of weeks, and what new steps if anything can come out of this meeting that might better handle and better help the world community cope with the threat of isis. >> kelly o'donnell live in paris. thank you. be sure to watch the full report coming up next on the "today" show. health clinics across our area offering free hiv testing today in honor of world aids day.
there will be fund-raising events across the district today as well including live music, film screenings and a kapdle lig candlelight vigil tonight. search world aids day. answers on what maryland should do to fight heroin abuse. governor larry hogan created a task force ten months ago today. put ing out a final recommendation about treating people with heroin addiction and preventing more cases in the future. in d.c., we'll watch for news from two council hearings about synthetic drugs. the council was discussing two potential new laws. one would give police the ability to find and close down businesses caught selling synthetic drugs. the other would make it easier for law enforcement to test for synthetic drugs when they arrest someone. new information just in after a fire early this morning on settlers landing way in potomac, maryland. montgomery county firefighters tell us a man in his 20s has critical injuries. they say an electrical problem started that fire in the basement.
the family was home at the time. firefighters say working smoke alarms alerted them there is significant damage to that house. today we expect an update on how you can save on energy costs this winter. pepco is having the winter weather conference this morning and will learn its plans for preparing for storms and responding to the out annuals aft outages after them. that time of the year, weather temperature drops, heating bills go up. >> heat on in your house yet? >> not yet. >> i don't know how you do it. >> i like it cold. but, yeah, cold and wet today. that's the other side of our equation is that in addition to being a downright chilly morning, 30s and 40s, also raining. it feels like a winter rain for sure. weather alert here for the morning hours as rain will have a huge impact on your way into work and school. we'll keep you ahead of it all by giving extra postings on our storm team 4 facebook page and push alerts on nbc washington app. have that thing ready to go. follow me on twitter, i'll tweet
out updates as well. here is the rain on the radar for now. the heaviest rain across the state of virginia. it is moving northbound. so d.c. and maryland, we're socked in with the rain here for the next couple of hours. heaviest rain now, just south of fredericksburg along i-95. that's going across the northern -- toward king george county, southern maryland. not much rain in northern maryland yet. so the top end of 270 and 70, not as much rain on those roads. but don't you worry, rain is coming your way. latest, high resolution model updates hourly. this is the latest run of it through 9:00 this morning. there is that moderate rain coming right through the heart of the city. by 10:00, raining steadily. after lunch time, things ease off a bit. clouds with light rain and sprinkles still possible, but this heavy steady rain will be gone, only temporarily as by 6:00, more showers down to our
south and west start to move in and more heavy rain late tonight into tomorrow. so that means that we are all waiting on our next big change in the weather, that arrives wednesday night into thursday. that's when the cold front finally starts to blow things out of here and dry us out. temperatures in the 50s with the rain today and tomorrow. sunny and nice. someone dealing with the roads now, that's my colleague tom kierein of storm team 4 by 4. >> around the region, we have been seeing wet roads all around and heard about fender benders too. right now we're on fairfax county parkway, just to the north of route 50, approaching an accident scene that has traffic jammed right now on the fairfax county parkway. here is a live view of the traffic as we're approaching the accident. it is just crawling now all of the roads are wet. we have moderate rain now falling, so allow yourself extra time. fairfax county parkway, melissa has been telling you all about that this morning. and so far looks like we're
getting -- moving along okay. us about it the very heavy traffic here. that's going to be a problem here over the next few minutes. live picture there from the problem in fairfax, northbound fairfax county parkway, shut down. it is going to have to stop. southbound moving okay. 66 at nutley, brand-new crash to the right side. you can see how jammed it is there in bound near nutley street. outer loop, brand-new crash, 95 north just popped up here. that's another problem we'll be tweeting about. prince george county, overall, looking slow here. inbound, same thing on 5 as you approach 301 this morning. top of the beltway looks pretty typical. bw parkway, 95 and then take a look there, 29 headed to the top of the beltway, pretty jammed. 270 at montrose looks typical as well.
huge developments today into the live desk about the air asia plane crash last year. two things. this morning, ntsb said the crash was partly computer error and partly the pilot's fault. second, we're getting response from the airliners to that report. according to investigators, the plight deck computer had a cracked joint that caused it to stop working. this reportedly happened dozens of times before the crash. the ntsb says the pilot responded the wrong way. that sent the plane out of control. 162 people died. air asia said there are many lessons to be learned for the entire aviation industry and they're dedicated to the highest safety standards. back to you. 6:54 now. today, news 4 transportation reporter adam tuss will sit down with metro's new general manager for his first tv interview. yesterday paul wiedefeld got sobering news about how metro riders feel about the system. a new customer satisfaction survey shows 67% of riders are satisfied with the service.
that's down from as high as 84% two years ago. rainy weather outside could disrupt road work in bethesda. starting today, southbound lanes are expected to be closed between 495 and cedar lane. that could last all week. it is necessary after a water main break in october. good morning. i'm landon dowdy. nearly half of all u.s. households now only use cell phones. data shows 8% have land lines. a decade ago, a mere 3% used cell phones only and the cdc predicts half will be wireless only in the next year. only a third of people who live in the northeast have cut the cord on their land lines. i'm landon dowdy. it is 6:56. here are four things to know before you head out the door on this tuesday. a third round of big snowstorms are headed to the midwest. already eight inches on the
ground with as many as dozen more expected in some states. an update on a fight over megagas stations. montgomery county leaders voting to make it harder for those stations to be built close to homes or schools. global climate coverage wrapping up in paris today. president obama is addressing global terrorism also. jury selection picks back up today in baltimore. william porter faces charges in the death of freddie gray. he is the first of six baltimore police officers that will be tried separately in the 25-year-old's death. grab your umbrellas, best friend for the next 48 hours as rain is heavy at times and will slow down our morning commute. ride home today, probably not as much rain, but back on us for tomorrow. all eyes on the weekend. sunny both days. that looks good. this doesn't look so good. storm team 4 by 4 showing us that some of the delays, the other direction there, fairfax county parkway again, fairfax county parkway, northbound lanes, totally shut down now
after 50. southbound moving just fine. northbound, we are closed and right now 66 inbound at nutley, new problem there, causing some delays as well. sorry. did that not get any better? >> that is the news for today. we appreciate you waking up with us. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back in 25 minutes. join us then. until then, have a great day. >> make it a great tuesday, everybody.
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